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Month: October 2013

Wrong Way Round – Day 26

Wrong Way Round – Day 26

Sapporo – Auto House (札幌 – オートハウス) – 63km I was woken by the sound of Mr Assistant Wisteria’s hacking, phlegm-filled smoker’s cough, which was followed closely by the smell of his first cigarette of the day. ‘When I was a salesman,’ he said. ‘I would get up at 6.30 every morning, but now that I’m self-employed I sleep in for an hour. I always watch Renzoku-terebi-shohsetsu (連続テレビ小説 – the NHK daily soap opera) at 8.15. It’s part of my…

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Hitorizumo by Momoko Sakura

Hitorizumo by Momoko Sakura

For my bedtime book I tend to alternate between English and Japanese, although when I finished Anthony Bourdain’s excellent Kitchen Confidential the other night, there wasn’t much left on our living room bookshelf that I hadn’t already read. In the end I settled on Hitorizumo (One-Woman Sumo) by Momoko Sakura, which is a favourite of Mrs M’s, but which to be honest didn’t look like my kind of thing: as you can tell from the covers, Sakura isn’t exactly Andy…

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Snow 雪

Snow 雪

The temperature today is set to hit the mid-teens, so before we all start complaining about the heat instead of the cold, I thought I’d share some photos of this year’s wintriest weather. Snowfall in Ibaraki is nothing like the kind of thing they get in Nagano, for example (as evidenced in this blog post by Bastish), but it makes for an enjoyable and slightly more hair-raising ride to work than normal. (These are the same rice fields that I…

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